Jerry Jenkins on climate change at Adk Museum

BLUE MOUNTAIN LAKE - The Adirondack Park is the best protected and one of the most intact temperate-forest landscapes in the world, but it is still experiencing the effects of climate change, according to ecologist and author Jerry Jenkins.

"The onset of these potentially devastating changes hints that the park may not survive another century in their present form," he said.

Jenkins will visit the Adirondack Museum Monday, July 26, to offer a program that approaches the same topic as his most recent book entitled, "Climate Change in the Adirondacks: The Path to Sustainability." The presentation is part of the museum's Monday Evening Lecture Series and will be hosted in the auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

There is no charge for museum members. Admission is $5 for non-members.

Jenkins's book is a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program, published by Cornell University Press and includes a foreword by Bill McKibben.

Jenkins brings decades of research experience in the field and the library to his current projects. In addition to focusing on energy and climate, his work has included botanical and ecological inventories, research on sugar maple regeneration and acid rain, and a focus on the ecological value of conservation easements.

He has played the role of lead author on several comprehensive books about the Adirondack region, including The Adirondack Atlas: A Geographic Portrait of the Adirondack Park, co-authored by Andy Keal, published in 2004 as a project of the Wildlife Conservation Society. The atlas is cited as one of the most comprehensive volumes of information available on the Adirondack region. Jenkins is also the lead author of Acid Rain in the Adirondacks: An Environmental History, published in 2007.

"The effects of climate change in the Adirondacks are evident today," said Jenkins. "Winters are warmer and shorter, with less snow and ice; spring is coming earlier and fall later. Long term trends are also starting to occur - birds are moving north, plants are flowering early, evergreen trees are retreating upwards in the mountains, some boreal species are in decline."

Jenkins will expand on his assertion that changes in personal energy consumption can alter the current trajectory of global warming, and he will suggest how the Adirondacks can take a leading role nationally by achieving energy independence in 20 years.

Jenkins will conduct a signing before the presentation in the museum's Visitor Center from 3 to 5 p.m. Books will also be available at the evening program.

For more information, visit www.adirondackmuseum.org.

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